Molly Grenardo Plummer brings her creative flair to the Post-Graduate Business Management program at Selkirk College where she is gaining a solid education to support her entrepreneurial spirit. Studying online this semester, Molly has connected with classmates and instructors despite being over Zoom instead of in person. Whenever possible she dives into discussions that allow her to flex her new business muscles.
"I am enjoying it because it's a topic I am interested in," she says. "I like to talk with friends using my new understanding of the economy and why things are happening the way they are, human behaviour and how life integrates with business."
Find a Gem from Afar
Molly is originally from London, England. After spending time in Canada in 2018 travelling in a converted school bus with her parter, the two became "Revelstuck" in Revelstoke and keen to find a way to make life in British Columbia a permanent thing.
"I've got lots of different skills... but I didn't feel like I was authentic enough to get a real proper adult job," says the down-to-earth people person. "You need experience in life but sometimes people don't want to give it to you so you need to have the qualifications to get ahead. I also don't want to work for anyone else. I want to work for myself. I am an entrepreneur. I started my own business using £500 on my credit card and I've just been winging it ever since."
Taking Risks and Making it Happen
Molly owns The Mimo Yarn Co, an online store selling hand-dyed yarn. She also creates fibre products for sale at live markets and has joined Ladies who Market, a curated selection of Kootenay local artisans and crafters. In the future she would love to have a bricks and mortar store where she could host knitting retreats, workshops, real-life yarn shows, afternoon teas and continue collaborations with other likeminded dyers and designers from around the world.
"What I love about this industry, is that we are all different and make something that we love. Mimo is about being bright, bold and colourful and basically in your face with happiness," says Molly.
Beautiful Kootenays Captures Entrepreneur
Molly chose the Post-Graduate Business Management program at Selkirk College because of its affordable price tag and Kootenay location.
"In London, you can be in a sea of people and just feel really lonely — you don't know anyone. In Revelstoke, there is a sense of community. Everyone's got your back," she says. "I like being in nature as well. You don't realize how much the trees and the fresh air really do help you."
Also helpful is the team at Selkirk College with instructors and support staff putting students' needs first.
"They are just so down to earth, willing to have discussions and go the extra mile," says Molly.
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